Before I really get started, I do wish everyone using Soylent the best of luck and I want the company to succeed in their endeavors. My body just seems to have had a bad reaction and I wanted to share my experience.
Like many of you I was interested in reducing the amount of cooking I do and still maintain a healthy diet. My regular diet wasn’t too shabby. Lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grain, and a variety of protein sources. General healthiness but without being too strict about it. However, I hate cooking so Soylent seemed like an interesting experiment. So I ordered it with the intention of replacing one half to two thirds of my diet. Breakfast and dinner with Soylent leaving lunch open for whatever.
Per the instructions, I eased into it over the course of several days and everything seemed great. No room clearing gas, no uncomfortableness. Just me and my pancake batter flavored with random things (chocolate, fruit, nutella, etc) Plain was just too… Plain and with that texture it’s just terrible. But add a little bit of flavor and it becomes tolerable.
About 2 weeks into it, I started to get light headed. Reading over the ingredients and looking at the rest of my daily meals I realized I was short on sodium. Wee bit of extra salt took care of that.
Then it started to really go down hill. The acid reflux hit. Oh the acid reflux. I couldn’t prevent it at all. No amount of added water (with Soylent and general consumption), calcium tablets, Maalox could get rid of it. I had to quit Soylent.
Rosa Labs was kind and responsive. Cancellation was easy and they offered to refund the extra box I had. I wished them luck and promised to try version 1.5.
So that was a month ago but I’m still having major problems. I tried to ease off of it but the acid reflux forced me to quit quickly. Horrible constipation kicked and a bit of abdominal pain. I found myself having far more salads and fruit than I normally do just to keep things moving. Now there’s been some dizziness and a bit of nausea mixed in there. It’s probably high time I see a doctor or urgent care but I keep thinking “It’ll go away, it was just a diet change.” Too stubborn / stupid I suppose.
Am I the only one that has had a bad experience like this? Again, I wish Rosa Labs and their customers luck but the continuing problems have pretty much put me off of any future versions or any DIY soylents.